Coco & Cameron - The Morgan Family Home, Perthshire

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It's not often that as a photographer you are given an order of service and told to join in. Well, the Vicar of Madderty Church insisted. I can't say that I sang very well but I certainly did it with gusto.

Coco & Cammy were married in Madderty Church, Crieff and then spent the rest of the day back at the Morgan family home laughing, drinking and dancing with their family & friends. It was ace, and hectic and hilarious, and did I mention dancing, lots of dancing.

Apart from the smooth jazz band and the late nigh rock n roll band, the father of the groom is in a ceilidh band. I'm still a bit baffled as to how a marquee full of people instantaneously knew what to do and didn't break any bones whilst hurling each other around in such a small space. I escaped with minor cuts and bruises, but I'd go back and do it again in a heartbeat.

Cheers Coco & Cammy, it was a blast!




Katie & Gwilym - The Addicott Family Home, Ashwater Devon

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Devon is quite a hike from Durham, nine hours through Friday traffic to be exact. It was worth it though and I had the pleasure of staying two nights in a proper country B&B. Like a home away from home.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Katie & Gwilym, and was welcomed into their fold with open arms. There was a great dynamic of London art school friends and country relatives, all gathered together for the big day. And what a day it was, everything a wedding should be, but there's no need for me tell you about it take a look for yourself.


Lauren & Brian - Sneem, Ireland

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When I got the email from Lauren saying that herself and Brian were living in New York and were returning to Ireland to get married my first thought was, it's a pity that it wasn't the other way around.

After my disappointment had subsided and a couple of emails and phone calls were behind us I forgave them for their inconsiderate wedding destination decision and was looking forward to heading off to Sneem, on the west coast of Ireland, to document their wedding.

My girlfriend and I decided to make a week of it, travelling around Ireland seeing some sights and meeting up with friends. We went to Dublin, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher (it was too foggy to see anything), Killarney National Park and down to Sneem for the wedding and then back over to Wicklow on the east coast to meet up with the very sexy Eric of Savo Photography. (Who made me drink a bottle of whisky. The ferry home the next day was torture)

All of our galavanting was great but the wedding was something special.

Lauren & Brian are two of the most warm and welcoming people I've ever met. The place they had chosen for their wedding was beautiful and their family and friends were just cool, in every sense of the word. 

From the dress ironing fiasco to the love that Lauren & Brian have for each other to the hilarious speeches to drinking and dancing, it was nothing less than perfect.

Thanks guys, it was a blast.

Some photographs just seem to make themselves, and I'm just happy to have been there.

Best 100 Wedding the WORLD!

Added on by Ian Weldon.

I'm not really a list or awards kind of guy, but I can't deny that being included alongside some long admired and truly amazing photographers, has put a bit of a spring in my step. Not because I've been included on a list, but because what I do has been recognised and accepted as part of an industry that seems to only follow what's 'in vogue' at the moment.

I don't follow trends and fads, it's about the photography. It's always been about the photography. I don't understand how photographers can get some swanky branding, attend a workshop to emulate another photographer, and then be able to sleep at night. Safe in the knowledge that their product has no substance.

X Factor photography I like to call it. Reward with no achievement, fame with no hard work. Everyone wants to be famous and their role models are only famous for being famous. It's a mixed up muddled up shook up world, for sure.

Advice I give to anyone that asks, is to work hard. Study and practice. It's the only way you're ever going to find out who you are as a photographer.

When I was learning to sing (I still haven't by the way) I was told to never judge my singing voice until I'd actually found it. How can you know what your singing voice sounds like if you're not actually singing yet. I still don't know, because I still can't sing. I can shout on a bit, copy some other singers a bit, but I can't actually sing.

Anyone taking up photography needs to understand this. How can you know what your photography will look like if you aren't be able to use your instrument as though it's part of you.

You can check out the list, HERE!. Get yourself a cuppa, there's some amazing work that'll delight your eyeballs.....

Hurray for lists!

Anna & Ben - The McQueen Family Home, Hutton Rugby

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I've documented so many great weddings this year already it'd be hard to say which was my favourite.

Should I have favourites? Well, it's inevitable, with each one having it's own merits for individuality some will subscribe to my mind set more than others.

I think that this wedding has just nudged into first place. 

Anna & Ben are cool - even though it was 35º and barely a cloud in the sky - laid back and two of the nicest people I've ever met. Their families and friends were warm and welcoming and I truly could have been a guest. 

From the subtlety of Anna's Wedding Dress to the endless entertainment the detail shone through to produce one hell of a party, and their guests certainly stepped up to the challenge. 

If you're a football or music fan you're probably going to spot some familiar faces too.

Jolly good show.

the dress -

the banjo guy -

the brass band -